John Rogers, president of Comic-Con International, has died. He was 57.
Rogers, who served as president of the organization for more than 30 years, died Saturday from complications from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Comic-Con shared the news on its website. He had been diagnosed with the disease in September, although his condition was not widely shared at the time.
Rogers had been in charge of Comic-Con since being elected as president in 1986, overseeing the organization as it grew from an annual event to a group that hosts three conventions a year — in addition to San Diego Comic-Con, it is also responsible for the Bay Area’s Alternative Press Expo and WonderCon in Anaheim, both of which were acquired by the company after being launched by outside parties. Comic-Con is working to open a permanent Comic-Con Museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park. In a sign of his success and popularity, Rogers had been re-elected to the post annually since his initial 1986 win.
Rogers had been a low-key presence within Comic-Con, working behind the scenes for the most part and rarely giving media interviews about his role. He was, however, a permanent fixture at the Comic-Con event itself, appearing each year on the final day to answer fan questions as part of the annual “Comic-Con Talk Back” panel.
Rogers is survived by his wife Janet and siblings Barbara and David.